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Urgent COVID-19 Update: Local Hospitals are at or Beyond Capacity

Friday, Jan 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm

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Please Do Your Part to Stop Community Spread of COVID-19

According to the most recent weekly report from Franklin County Public Health, Bexley and the central Ohio region are both experiencing the highest rate of infection since the beginning of the pandemic, and local hospital systems are urgently requesting action from all members of the public in order to preserve healthcare system capacity. Our hospitals are strained and don’t have enough beds to support the influx of patients needing emergency medical attention. We must do everything we can to lessen the burden on our hospital systems and medical professionals who have been working around the clock to care for our communities, families, and friends. 

Key Highlights and Considerations Moving Forward:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask that fully covers your mouth and nose.
    Bexley’s COVID-19 Task Force recommends the wearing of KN-95 masks. A limited supply is available at City Hall and more masks have been ordered. We will communicate updates on mask availability via our website and social media.  Whatever mask you wear, please try to use the best fitting (a proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks) mask with multiple layers that you have access to. This link has good guidance from the CDC.
  • Get vaccinated and schedule an appointment to receive a booster shot if you are eligible.
    Those who have received a booster shot are 2x as protected against the Omicron variant.
    • Moderna: It’s recommended to get a booster shot six (6) months after the primary vaccination series;
    • Pfizer-BioNTech: It’s recommended to get a booster shot five (5) months after the primary vaccination series;
    • Johnson & Johnson: It’s recommended to get a booster shot two (2) months after the primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • Use caution in indoor environments.
    Any indoor space where individuals from outside of the same household are in the same space without masks on significantly increases the chance of contracting COVID-19, especially for those who are unvaccinated.
  • Know that health care systems are currently at or beyond capacity.
    Slowing the spread is vital. Even if you are vaccinated and boostered, taking precautions remains vital in order to preserve health care capacity for those who need it.

Please note that Bexley City Hall will be closed to in-person visits, excluding City meetings that are legally required to be held in-person, effective Monday, January 10, 2022. We are asking all residents to conduct business via phone or email. 

  • Water bill payments can be made online – click here
  • Mayor’s Court payments can be made online – click here
  • Building Permits can be applied for online – click here
  • Bexley Staff Directory – click here
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